Fan-Favorite Villain Officially Set For BIG Impact on MCU

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Jack Duquesne smiling in Hawkeye

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Disney+ released Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Hawkeye, which revealed that Jack Duquesne (Tony Dalton) could return to the MCU as the villain, Swordsman.

clint barton (left) and kate bishop (right) in hawkeye
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Duquesne was seen as the possible villain for the show due to the mystery around the character. Suspicion for the character grew as he is, in fact, Swordsman, in Marvel Comics. Furthermore, his uncle, Armand, died by a sword in the series, leading to rampant speculation.

Later on, it is revealed that Kate Bishop’s mother, Eleanor Bishop (Vera Farmiga) is the actual MCU antagonist after she has Duquesne arrested.

jack duquesne prison jumpsuit hawkeye
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This doesn’t stop Jack from coming to the Rockefeller center when the Tracksuit Mafia was attacking Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) while they were helping people escape. It was here that Jack was able to show off his swordsmanship against the mafia, stabbing and parrying with a grin on his face.

Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Hawkeye confirmed that Marvel Studios wanted Jack to be a “red herring” for the series. Trinh Tran, the Executive Producer of Hawkeye, wanted to bring this character into the MCU with a new twist. She explained that Jack’s origins are as Hawkeye’s mentor and was the one who trained the hero in archery.

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This new twist allows the character to potentially return later in the MCU as a villain. Tran shared how she would like to see Swordsman incorporated into Kevin Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe:

“And we wanted to leave his character at the end as a mystery. And that will actually allow a lot more opportunities down the line if we want to explore Swordsman in the MCU.”

Avengers Comic with Swordsman as the villain
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Jack could very easily return as a villain and potentially be an enemy for Kate Bishop as she has taken over as the new Hawkeye for the MCU. Sometimes, the Marvel Cinematic Universe can wait several years before bringing a character back such as the Abomination (Tim Roth) who didn’t appear in the MCU for ten years. If Jack eventually returns, it is unlikely he will have to wait a decade, but now that the MCU is quite large, it is possible he could appear in another Marvel project down the line without any connection to Kate Bishop.

Jack Dusquesne Sitting on couch looking at Kate Bishop in Hawkeye
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If you want to see the behind-the-scenes for Hawkeye and hear the producers, directors, and actors share their experience with the latest MCU show, you can stream it anytime on Disney+.

Do you think Swordsman will return to the MCU? Let us know in the comments below!

Phase Four has started off with a lot of content for Marvel fans to look forward to in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On Disney+  you can expect Moon Knight on March 30, Ms. Marvel in Summer 2022, and She-Hulk to debut this year. For movies, Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness comes out on May 6, followed by Thor: Love and Thunder on July 8, and of course, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on November 11.

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